Although all 50 states have some type of ignition interlock law as a penalty option, not every state requires installing the device after a first driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction mandatory. As of right now, there are 24 states requiring ignition interlock devices for all offenders, and that number may jump this year as many states have proposed revamped ignition interlock bills.
But if your state doesn’t require you to install an ignition interlock upon a first or even a repeat conviction, why would you opt to install one anyway? There are quite a few reasons why an ignition interlock is the right choice for drivers.
You can keep working
When you are arrested for drunk driving, you may receive a driver’s license suspension. If you do, you won’t be able to drive anywhere, and that includes back and forth to work. This can be a difficult penalty for an offender, especially if you are required to drive as part of your job. By installing an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you drive, you can continue to work without interruption.
Your family can continue to rely on you
Some families need to carpool with other families or take turns driving kids to and from various activities and school. If you have a suspended driver’s license, you won’t be able to share the driving duties, but if you opt for an ignition interlock device you’ll be able to drive as normal.
It will keep you from drinking and driving
Once you have a drunk driving conviction on your record, you might be worried you’ll slip and drink and drive again even with a suspended license. Having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle will prevent you from driving should you have a lapse in judgment and consider driving after drinking.
A DUI or DWI conviction comes with many different penalties, and it can take awhile to get your life back on track. If you’re interested in voluntarily installing an ignition interlock device, take a look at Guardian Interlock’s device page now.